First lady’s effort raises milk’s profile on kids menus

As part of first lady Michelle Obama’s fight against childhood obesity, 1% milk will be the default beverage served with kids menu items at Darden Restaurants. FULL STORY »

Smaller corn surplus could push food prices higher

Food prices could rise next year because an unseasonably hot summer is expected to damage much of this year's corn crop. FULL STORY »

Study suggests cities could produce most of their food

Urban agriculture has become increasingly popular in many American cities, and now research suggests those backyard and rooftop gardens could produce a majority of the food needed by city dwellers. FULL STORY »

More Americans see economy worsening over next year

Most Americans still expect the economy to worsen over the next year as worries over the cost of food and gasoline weigh on personal spending, according the latest survey from Citibank. FULL STORY »

Don’t go too far with environmental justice

Environmental Protection Agency efforts to promote environmental justice are working and more extreme measures, such as a no-pollution mandate, would hurt chances of economic prosperity for those communities that need it most. FULL STORY »

Commentary: Out to lunch on food safety

A few weeks ago, we asked you who was responsible for food safety: USDA, processors, retailers, farmers, consumers or all of these. A whopping 84 percent said food safety is the responsibility of everyone in the food chain, from farm to consumer and everyone in between. And I couldn’t agree more. But I ran across some information from the American Dietetic Association this week that makes me wonder if some of us are perhaps a little more irresponsible than others. FULL STORY »

Back-to-school brings changes to flavored milk

When school resumes in the fall, cafeterias will be serving more whole grains, more fresh vegetables and milk kids, schools and moms will love. With the ongoing debate over flavored milk in schools, many of the nation’s milk processors have been hard at work over the last five years with their local districts to lower the calories and sugar in this popular drink. FULL STORY »

U.S. dairy cow herd continues to expand

Corn prices continue their upward trajectory, with August forecasts for 2011/12 raised from July to $6.20 to $7.20 per bushel. Soybean meal prices were raised as well, to $355 to $385 per ton for 2011/12. Alfalfa prices are expected to remain high into 2012. FULL STORY »

Food commodities protected from global economic turmoil

Food commodity markets should stay immune to any further deterioration in the macroeconomic environment this year as tight fundamentals continue to support price levels, Patrick Armstrong, managing partner of Distinction Asset Management, said Tuesday. FULL STORY »

Michigan company voluntarily recalls cheese products

S. Serra Cheese Company, Clinton Township, Mich., is voluntarily recalling its Fresh Ricotta, Fresh Mozzarella, Mozzarella Block, and Provolone Stick cheeses manufactured on Aug. 1 because they have the potential to be contaminated by bata-lactam antibiotic residues. FULL STORY »

Study shows nutrients in milk decrease threat of skin cancer

KMVT-TV reports nutrients in milk, including Vitamin D and Calcium help to prevent skin cancer by up to 57 percent. FULL STORY »

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